Self catering house with easy access to golf, hillwalking, wildlife and beach
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This is a lovely property which is comfortably furnished and feels like a proper well-loved home. It really is remote; it takes a long time to drive along the track and depending on the weather/your car, you might not find you can always get down it. The nearest shop really is a long way away and you absolutely have to check the water supply regularly. In return, you get spectacular views and real space. Sadly, you won’t enjoy sitting outside most evenings because the midges will drive you in. You will also not get silence-the stream and the wind are noisy- but you will get peace. If you are of a nervous disposition do not come here! We had a storm one evening and the following day three of the four roads across the island were closed, some ferries were cancelled and the ford was running very high, all in August, but we thought it was worth it.
A perfect getaway on Arran
We have just got back from 2 weeks at Banlicken and had a wonderful time at the house and also across all that Arran has to offer.
The house itself it perfect as a base from which you can explore the island and also get across to Skipness on Kintyre which is recommended if nothing else because of Skipness Seafood Cabin serving delicious fresh seafood with Skipness Castle as a stunning backdrop on one side and views across to Arran the other.
With 2 small children (aged 18months and 5yrs) we hoped the house would satisfy them as well as ourselves and we weren't disappointed. The House is well stocked with games, toys and DVD/videos which were appreciated when we needed some down time to recharge the kids batteries.
For us adults all the key essentials (and more) were provided to make life as easy as possible and to make the house feel like that very well used cliche - a home from home.
It is worth noting that the drive way up to the cottage off the main road isn't for the timid but perfectly passable none the less. The water for the house coming direct from the mountain side needs checking and that is a short hike up the side of the hill so again not ideal if 10min walks up hill aren't your thing. The views at the check point are worth it though as you get widescreen views of Banlicken and the Kilbrannan Sound beyond and Kintyre beyond that.
As for Arran itself, there is so much to see and do that 12 days wasn't enough which means we'll have to return soon!
Great place to stay
We had a great holiday lots to see and do
Halloween week 2018
I have just returned from a marvellous holiday in Banlicken. There were 3 families of four and a spaniel. The house was very remote, well equipped and just what we were looking for. There were plenty of games for the evening.
The route to the house was fun but I am glad we arrived in the light. The ramble to the beach down the shortest route was slippy in the rain and sturdy boots were required. Sausages on an open fire were the reward. What more could you want!!
Seals and porpoise, we saw them too. Great week, great island, fantastic property with lots of helpful information.
A gem of a place, isolated and a long farm track with views making it all worth while
Although remote as described, this house offered seclusion,a sense of peace and views which were quite outstanding. It offered our children and grandchildren a sense of freedom. The road has been described fully and can be a bit tricky for those not used to farm tracks. It was well maintained though and was passible by our 2 saloon cars, though there is a ford which was full flow after a stormy night. Would be impossible if two cars met! The house was one of the best stocked holiday homes I’ve been to, regarding kitchen equipment, games, dvds and videos. Reading material really interesting too. Play barn was used but we were reasonably lucky with weather so out and about a lot. After a long spell of drought water flow to tank really a trickle but luckily the rain came just at right time and with quick clean of input pipe and clearing of airlock no issues over the course of week. Full instruction were given and we were well warned that this is one of the quirks of this isolated farm house... it’s a gem of a place and we left with every intention of returning. Thank you for allowing us to share the experience of living in your home. Many lovely memories made.
Peaceful,picturesque, near perfect.
The house and bothy were comfortable, beautifully furnished , with the arrangement of the accommodation ideally suited for extended family. The big kitchen diner was a great space to congregate, and was very well equipped. Loads of crockery and big pans. We really enjoyed the views over the water to Kintyre. The farm track to the property had had some work done to it, and was easily passable with a heavily loaded family hatchback. Finally, both owner and housekeeper could not have been more helpful and friendly throughout our entire dealings.
On the North West of Arran on a heathery hill looking across the sea to Kintyre. Between the coastal villages of Pirnmill and Machrie which have a restaurant and tea room, golf course, tennis court, beaches, caves and bronze age stone circles. North is enchanting Lochranza with its ancient Castle, whisky distillery and scenic harbour where you can see seals,and otters. Deer also graze along the shore and on the popular golf course. The Waverly, the last paddle steamer on The Clyde makes its regular summertime visits to the quay. From here you can also do a bit of Island hopping on the Cloanaig Ferry across to Kintyre, Gigha , Islay and Jura. For keen walkers and climbers there are beautiful gentle coastal walks to catch glimpses of porpoises, miinke whales, dolphins, basking sharks, otters and birds; and for the more energetic hillwalker there are dramatic routes through valleys, past waterfalls, up hills and to lochs all with stunning views, birds and wildlife.